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Kiradech Aphibarnrat wins Malaysian Open

Smokin! Aphibarnrat holds nerve to win Malaysian Open after thunderstorm delay

By
Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:28 GMT, 24 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:01 GMT, 24 March 2013

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat today held his nerve after an untimely weather delay to claim his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the Maybank Malaysian Open.

The tournament had been reduced to 54 holes following thunderstorms on each of the first three days, and another arrived just after the final group had teed off on the 16th hole today.

That meant a two-hour delay with Aphibarnrat one shot ahead of Italy's Edoardo Molinari, who had completed his 67 just before the delay and was safely in the clubhouse.

Smokin: Kiradech Aphibarnrat takes a puff on a cigarette on his way to victory

Smokin: Kiradech Aphibarnrat takes a puff on a cigarette on his way to victory

Hands on: Kiradech Aphibarnrat poses with the trophy after winning the Malaysian Open

Hands on: Kiradech Aphibarnrat poses with the trophy after winning the Malaysian Open

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

But Aphibarnrat made light of the disruption, hitting his approach to the 16th to three feet for birdie and then saving par on the next after almost finding water over the back of the green.

The 23-year-old former junior world champion therefore had the luxury of taking six on the 634-yard par-five 18th to complete a closing 70, sealing a a one-shot win over Molinari and claiming the first prize of 303,000.

Denmark's Anders Hansen (66) was third on 11 under, with France's Victor Dubuisson (70) and South African Charl Schwartzel (71) joint fourth a shot further back.

'This means a lot to me,' Aphibarnrat said. 'I had been struggling a lot after getting sick with my thyroid, but I fought and worked hard with my dad and my coach to have today.

'I have to thank my family, my mum and dad have always supported me and I am sure they are in front of the TV watching.'

Realisation: Aphibarnrat won his first European Tour title in Malaysia

Realisation: Aphibarnrat won his first European Tour title in Malaysia

Kiradech Aphibarnrat celebrates

The leaders started the day on the third hole and Aphibarnrat pitched to three feet for a birdie before holing from 15ft for an eagle on the par-five fifth.

At that stage his nearest challenger was Ireland's Padraig Harrington, who had eagled the same hole and also picked up three birdies, but the three-time major winner carded three bogeys in succession on the back nine to fade to sixth.

Bogeys at the seventh and 12th then saw Aphibarnrat joined at the top of the leaderboard by China's Wu Ashun, but as Wu also faded – shanking a pitch on the 16th into the crowd – Aphibarnrat birdied the 14th to edge ahead of Molinari, who was by now in the clubhouse.

The thunderstorm which arrived soon after looked to have come at a bad time for Aphibarnrat, but he added: 'I think it was good for me, I have time to rest and there were a lot of things going through my head. After I birdied the 16th I thought I had a good chance to win.

'The 18th hole I've played 10 times before, but today it was the toughest hole I have ever played, even though I could make six to win.'

Missing out: Edoardo Molinari had to settle for second place

Missing out: Edoardo Molinari had to settle for second place

Molinari was left to rue a number of missed chances, despite having previously missed the cut in all five of his appearances this season.

'It's mixed emotions because I'm very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time,' said the former Ryder Cup player, who changed coach in December after missing three months following wrist surgery.

'The swing changes (under Sean Foley, who also coaches Tiger Woods and Justin Rose) are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer, but I'm disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing.

'I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind, but unfortunately I think I'll be one or two short.'

England paceman Stuart Broad ruled out of final India Test

Broad ruled out of India Test but England delay decision on Twenty20 series

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UPDATED:

07:51 GMT, 12 December 2012

Stuart Broad has been ruled
out of contention for Thursday's final Test against India because of his
bruised left heel, but have delayed making a decision on his
availabilty for next week's two Twenty20s.

England's Twenty20 captain was highly
unlikely in any case to be selected to play India in Nagpur, when the
tourists will be bidding for a historic 3-1 series win.

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

Setback: Stuart Broad has been troubled by a heel injury

The fast bowler lost form, after first suffering a heel injury in a tour match in Mumbai last month, and was not involved in last week's seven-wicket victory at Eden Gardens.

After suffering more discomfort at net practice yesterday, he was sent for a second scan – which showed exactly the same as the first one he underwent five weeks ago.

Test captain Alastair Cook confirmed the news at his press conference at the VCA Stadium.

'Stuart is out of this Test match,' he said.

'His scan has showed a bruised heel, and we'll assess him over the next day or so to see what happens with the Twenty20.

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

Focused: England's Monty Panesar

'We'll know a bit more when it settles down.'

Broad has endured an especially
miserable tour, in which he did not manage to take a wicket in either of
the first two Tests – and was then dropped for the third, in order to
accommodate fit-again seamer Steven Finn.

'It's the nature of sport, isn't it Some people have good tours, and some people don't,' added Cook.

'Unfortunately, more down to niggles and and illnesses, Broady hasn't quite managed to get into the tour.

'It's frustrating for him, and disappointing for us as a side.

'But we all know the class of Broady, and he'll be back.'

Brendan Rodgers not worried about Liverpool delay

Rodgers not worried about flight delay as Liverpool prepare for Hammers test

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UPDATED:

08:57 GMT, 8 December 2012

Brendan Rodgers has expressed confidence that Liverpool’s delayed return from their Europa League trip to Italy will not compromise their ambitions at West Ham tomorrow.

Liverpool were due to fly home straight following their 1-0 win over Udinese on Thursday night but they were grounded in Trieste airport after a problem was detected with their aircraft, while it was taxing to the runway.

Rodgers and his squad were kept on the plane for more than an hour while investigations were carried out before engineers confirmed that the fault in the left engine could not be repaired, forcing them to stay overnight in Italy.

No worries: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to be ready for West Ham

No worries: Brendan Rodgers expects Liverpool to be ready for West Ham

A new aircraft was sent out to Trieste to collect them yesterday and the party arrived touchdown at John Lennon Airport at 3.30pm, some 15 hours later than had been scheduled.

There will be little chance for them to rest, as Liverpool will today (SAT) travel to London for their game at Upton Park but Rodgers does not feel his preparations have been overly-effected by the unforeseen issue.

‘It doesn’t overly affect us really,’ said Rodgers, whose side made it through to the Europa League’s last 32 as winners of Group A thanks to Jordan Henderson’ s goal. ‘It’s not ideal, of course, but we still have one more session before we play West Ham and we’ve been able to recover well.

‘The players had a good rest overnight, even though we only got back into the hotel late, at about 2.30am. The day after game it’s about the nutritional needs and physical needs of the players – they are what is important. But we could take care of that in the hotel.

Marching on: Liverpool beat Udinese to progress in the Europa League

Marching on: Liverpool beat Udinese to progress in the Europa League

‘It’s only an issue if you make it an issue. Sometimes it’s like how life is; it’s not always plain sailing – especially when you’re flying! It’s one we cannot control but we can control our mind-set and how we recover. Our recuperation has been fantastic.’

An added bonus for Rodgers is his squad will be bolstered at West Ham by the return of Steven Gerrard, who never travelled to Italy with illness, and Daniel Agger and Lucas Leiva, both of whom were rested in midweek.

Rodgers added: ‘We will have a final session tomorrow and will go to game on Sunday with no excuse. We have finished top of our group in a European tournament – for us we’re in a good moment and we’ll take it into Sunday’s game.’

Manchester City v Everton, Arsenal v Swansea, Liverpool v Southampton, Fulham v Tottenham, QPR v Aston Villa, West Brom v Stoke live

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Arsenal 0-0 Swansea

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15.59: From InfostradaLive:

Manchester City have scored 20 second half goals this season – only Manchester United (21) have more in the division.

15.54: It's now half-time at QPR where the hosts are drawing 1-1 with Aston Villa.

We've not heard much from the Hawthorns but Stoke had the best chance in the first 45 minutes with Kenwyne Jones' heading just wide of the post.

15.51: From Sportsmail's Dominic King:

Half time, neither Roberto Mancini or David Moyes look especially pleased. Mancini just had a row with David Silva. Lots of gesticulating.

15.48: Half-time in all the Premier League games except at QPR following that six-minute delay following Mbia's injury.

The midfielder has been taken straight to hospital with what we understand is a neck injury after a clash with Gabriel Agbonlahor.

15.45: GOAL! LIVERPOOL 1-0 Southampton

Seconds after Suarez hits the bar from a free-kick, Glen Johnson crosses for Daniel Agger to head home.

15.44: GOAL! MANCHESTER CITY 1-1 Everton

Edin Dzeko is pulled down by Fellaini and Carlos Tevez equalises from the penalty spot.

15.43: PENALTY (Manchester City)

15.40: From Sportsmail's Sami Mokbel:

Worrying moments for M'Bia. Being stretchered off with a serious looking neck injury. Paramedics on the field.

For the record, Shaun Derry has replaced him on the pitch.

15.38: The game has stopped at QPR as Stephane Mbia is being attended to by a large medical team.

It looks very serious as there is a stretcher waiting to take him off the pitch. I will try and bring you more news on the QPR midfielder's condition as soon as it comes in. Let's hope he is okay.

15.35: GOAL! Manchester City 0-1 EVERTON

Completely deserved too. Marouane Fellaini needed two attempts to beat Joe Hart in the box but he bundles the ball home following Leighton Baines' cross.

15.34: And from Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell at the Emirates Stadium:

Arsenal finally into their grove. Getting about Swansea more. Jenkinson again architect for Cazorla header but straight at Tremmel.

15.32: From Sportsmail's Dominic King:

Been an assured start from Everton, different proposition from last season. Manchester City a little disjointed. Silva & Nasri been quiet so far.

No way past: Wojciech Szczesny keeps out Angel Rangel's strike for Swansea

No way past: Wojciech Szczesny keeps out Angel Rangel's strike for Swansea

15.29: Negative reputations are biting back this afternoon as Luis Suarez is denied a penalty for Liverpool.

The striker plays a neat one-two with Lucas before seeing his shot saved – despite being held back inside the box.

15.26: Seconds after Gareth Bale is booked for diving again (I'm not sure it's the correct decision) Fulham blow a great chance.

John Arne Riise's low cross finds Mladen Petric, but the Croatian's low strike is well stopped by Hugo Lloris.

15.24: Villa nearly retake the lead instantly as Benteke heads home for the visitors but it is ruled out for offside. I'm not certain it is you know, I would like to see it again.

15.21: GOAL! QPR 1-1 Aston Villa

It's a deadpan look from Harry Redknapp but he must be relived at seeing his first goal as Hoops boss after Jamie Mackie heads the hosts level from Samba Diakite's cross.

15.19: William Gallas does indeed replace Dawson for Spurs.

15.18: More injury woe than goal so far as Michael Dawson's injury hell looks like it has started another chapter.

The Tottenham defender has gone down injured at Fulham and he is gesturing towards the Spurs bench to make a sub. Big shame for the centre-back.

15.16: Only Wojciech Szczesny is keeping Arsenal level at home to Swansea. Angel Rangel is found in acres of space for the Welsh outfit, but he is denied by the Polish stopper before winning a corner.

15.14: Great game at Craven Cottage. Spurs looked in control early on but the hosts counter and waste the best chance of the game so far as Kerim Frei fires off target.

Aussie rules: Brett Holman fired Aston Villa ahead

Aussie rules: Brett Holman fired Aston Villa ahead

15.12: GOAL! QPR 0-1 ASTON VILLA

Cracking strike from Brett Holman. The midfielder benefits from good hold up play from Christian Benteke and scores his first goal for the club with a great strike that the hands of Robert Green failed to keep out.

15.11: Bright start from Spurs and there is nearly a goal for the returning Clint Dempsey. The American turns Philippe Senderos before curling just wide.

15.09: Bad news for Manchster City. Aleksandar Kolarov has been forced off early with a groin injury with Pablo Zabaleta replacing him.

15.07: Swansea go very close at Arsenal as Ashley Williams blows a great chance inside the box from eight yards. How the Swans could have done with Michu in that position instead.

15.04: Start how you mean to continue and Southampton have tried to test Pepe Reina from distance with Rickie Lambert firing just wide from 35 yards.

In the balance: Everton's Darron Gibson (left) attempts to control the ball

In the balance: Everton's Darron Gibson (left) attempts to control the ball

15.01: Away we go folks.

14.59: The teams are out across the country including at Liverpool where there has been a minutes' applause for Under Nine academy player, Stephen Packer, who very sadly passed away this week.

14.56: Some final pre-match reading from Sportsmail's Dominic King as he looks at the 10 things to look out for this weekend.

14.53: So there are the teams, now check out Martin Keown's preview on the weekend action with his Boot Room.

The former Arsenal defender claims this is the week the table starts to take shape.

14.49: Full line-ups from Loftus Road where Harry Redknapp takes control of his first home game as QPR boss:

QPR v Aston Villa
QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Nelsen, Hill, Traore, Mbia, Diakite, Granero, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Mackie. Subs: Murphy, Derry, Ferdinand, Park, Cisse, Da Silva, Hoilett.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Lichaj, Holman, Herd, Westwood, Bannan, Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Bent, Delph, Weimann, Williams.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

Back at the Cottage: Clint Dempsey makes his first return to Fulham since joining Tottenham in August

Back at the Cottage: Clint Dempsey makes his first return to Fulham since joining Tottenham in August

14.46: Now for the London derby from Craven Cottage where Fulham boss Martin Jol will hope to dent the Champions League hopes of his former side:

Fulham v Tottenham
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Frei, Diarra, Sidwell, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Karagounis, Richardson, Duff, Rodallega.

Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey. Subs: Friedel, Gallas, Sigurdsson, Falque, Walker, Livermore, Carroll.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

14.43: And from the Etihad Stadium where unbeaten Manchester City hope to reclaim top spot against an Everton team who were the last side to win at the champions in a league game two years ago:

Man City v Everton
Man City: Hart, Maicon, Kompany, Lescott, Kolarov, Toure, Barry, Silva, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Javi Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero, Toure, Balotelli.

Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson, Osman, Naismith, Fellaini, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Heitinga, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

14.41: Full line-ups from the Hawthorns where West Brom will hope to capitalise on Chelsea's defeat by going third outright in the table:

West Brom v Stoke
West Brom: Myhill, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Rosenberg, Gera, Long. Subs: Daniels, Ridgewell, Morrison, Brunt, Lukaku, Odemwingie, Tamas.

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron, Walters, Nzonzi, Adam, Whelan, Etherington, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Wilkinson.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Back in action: Lucas Leiva (right) makes his first Liverpool appearance since August

Back in action: Lucas Leiva (right) makes his first Liverpool appearance since August

14.39: Time for Liverpool to start picking up wins as Brendan Rodgers' side are only four points off the bottom three going into today's game with Southampton:

Liverpool v Southampton
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Lucas, Allen, Shelvey, Gerrard, Sterling, Suarez. Subs: Jones, Sahin, Henderson, Downing, Carragher, Fernandez Saez, Wisdom.

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

14.37: It's full-time at Upton Park where West Ham have come from behind to defeat Chelsea 3-1.

Delight for the Hammers and only more agony for the Blues and Benitez.

14.36: Full line-ups from the Emirates Stadium where just one point separates Arsenal in seventh and Swansea in eighth:

Arsenal v Swansea
Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Arteta, Wilshere, Walcott, Gervinho, Podolski. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Squillaci, Coquelin.

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Britton, Ki, de Guzman, Shechter, Michu. Subs: Cornell, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien, Richards, Donnelly.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

14.33: England defender Joleon Lescott makes an unexpected return to the Manchester City side to face his former club Everton in the Barclays Premier League.

Lescott, who has not even made the bench for the previous two games, comes in to replace in-form Matija Nastasic at the Etihad Stadium for his first start for more than a month.

Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko are paired up front while Everton are unchanged from the side which started their midweek draw with Arsenal after Leighton Baines proved his fitness.

Back in the side: Harry Redknapp recalls Shaun Wright-Phillips (right) to the QPR starting XI

Back in the side: Harry Redknapp recalls Shaun Wright-Phillips (right) to the QPR starting XI

14.30: QPR start Robert Green against Aston Villa today after regular No. 1 Julio Cesar fails to overcome a groin injury.

It is the England international's first start since playing Manchester City on September 1, while Harry Redknapp replaces Djibril Cisse with Shaun Wright-Phillips for his first home game at the Rs helm.

Eric Lichaj and Chris Herd come into the Aston Villa starting line-up, while Darren Bent is named amongst the substitutes at Loftus Road.

14.27: Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva makes his first appearance for three months after being selected to face Southampton at Anfield.

The Brazil international has only 74 minutes of previous Barclays Premier League action but is immediately recalled, along with Jonjo Shelvey, as manager Brendan Rodgers makes two changes from the defeat at Tottenham.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins, a boyhood Liverpool fan, goes with the same team which drew with Norwich in midweek.

14.24: West Brom head coach Steve Clarke makes six changes from the side beaten at Swansea in midweek for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke.

Clarke hands a debut to Swedish international striker Markus Rosenberg and also brings in Steven Reid, Goran Popov, Zoltan Gera, Graham Dorrans and Shane Long.

Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones makes his first league start of the season. He replaces Peter Crouch who had dental surgery after losing two teeth in a challenge with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.

Gunning for goals: Arsenal's in form winger Theo Walcott (centre) shakes off a knock he suffered at Everton

Gunning for goals: Arsenal's in form winger Theo Walcott (centre) shakes off a knock he suffered at Everton

14.21: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott recovers from an ankle knock to face Swansea in this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Lukas Podolski recovers from a virus after missing the midweek draw at Everton, Gervinho comes into the side with Olivier Giroud on the bench, while Laurent Koscielny (thigh) misses out.

Swansea, just a point behind the Gunners, are without winger Pablo Hernandez as referee Mark Clattenburg takes charge of the match.

14.18: First up we have a London derby already underway at Upton Park where West Ham are doing battle with Chelsea.

The visitors have endured two goalless draws under interim boss Rafael Benitez but there has been two goals in east London.

Click here to see which way they have gone and follow the action live with Martin Domin.

14.15: Just when you have got over the midweek action in the Premier League, Saturday comes around with another bumper set of fixtures.

It's a good set list too, with the Premier League champions, a London derby and Harry Redknapp's first home game in charge of QPR on the bill of matches. Team news on the way.

Five alive: Arsenal, Tottenham Manchester City, Liverpool and QPR feature from 3pm

Five alive: Arsenal, Tottenham Manchester City, Liverpool and QPR feature from 3pm

Bradford Bulls to be paid within 24 hours

Bulls players to be paid in next 24 hours as administrator defends delay

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UPDATED:

11:33 GMT, 14 August 2012

Bradford's players are to receive their wages for this month on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to administrator Brendan Guilfoyle.

Stories on Tuesday morning suggested that the cash-strapped Stobart Super League club were not able to meet their commitments to paying their players as they continue to look for a buyer.

But while Guilfoyle does admit to a minor delay in the transferring of funds, he expects the players to receive their wages over the course of the next 24 hours.

Dark days: Bradford continue to fight against a rank financial situation

Dark days: Bradford continue to fight against a rank financial situation

He said: 'We alerted the players to the fact that their wages might not be paid on time last night, because our funding at the moment is coming from Super League (Europe).

'However, the players will be getting their wages today or tomorrow. While there was a delay, we told the players of this but also told them they would still be paid. Reports of non-payment are not true.

'I am disappointed that a confidential note to the staff of the club has been made public.'

The professional players association, 1eagu3, are unhappy at the lack of communication between Guilfoyle and the Bradford squad.

The organisation's chairman Ernie Benbow is particularly upset about the fact the players found out about a non-payment issue late last night, when they could have been told some time ago.

'The players are incensed,' he said. 'They had communication late last night about late payment. I understand now that it has been resolved, but where is the communication

'The administrator went public about this over two weeks ago, saying that the wages might not be paid in August. Two weeks later the players hear about it.

'You can't go around telling the press but not the players. They have a right, whether or not they are sportsmen or they do a normal job. Nobody seems to want to talk to the players.

'The matter may well be resolved now but if they don't work with us, what can we do It's an utter disgrace.'

Guilfoyle is continuing to work with the Rugby Football League as he looks to find a buyer for the club, and is due to meet with them on Wednesday afternoon to present the latest offers.

Sri Lanka v Pakistan: Sangakkara stranded on 199 as Ajmal takes five wickets

Sangakkara stranded on 199 as Ajmal puts the brakes on Sri Lanka's run-glut

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UPDATED:

11:17 GMT, 23 June 2012

Kumar Sangakkara was left stranded a run short of his ninth double century in Tests after Saeed Ajmal's five-wicket haul curtailed Sri Lanka's run-fest in Galle.

Sangakkara was undefeated on 199 out of the home side's total of 472, his hopes of reaching the landmark dashed as he ran out of partners in the first Test.

Sangakkara had seen Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a hundred on the opening day and also completed his own before adding more runs at a steadier rate this morning.

Caught short: Kumar Sangakkara was so close to his ninth double century in Tests

Caught short: Kumar Sangakkara was so close to his ninth double century in Tests

Ajmal claimed three wickets in the first session – including two in as many balls – as Pakistan fought back.

The tourists had struggled as Sangakkara and Dilshan put Sri Lanka in a commanding position.

But Ajmal added to his two scalps with three more on the second day.

Rain delay: Sangakkara walks back to the pavilion with umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis

Rain delay: Sangakkara walks back to the pavilion with umpires Ian Gould and Steve Davis

The off-spinner continues to show why he
is Pakistan's most potent bowler, deceiving the batsmen in flight
throughout his morning stint.

Sangakkara and Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene had put on 128 for the third wicket before the 34-year-old made the breakthrough in the eighth over of the second day.

Dangerman: Saaed Ajmal took five wickets

Dangerman: Saaed Ajmal took five wickets

Jayawardene, having added just seven runs to his overnight 55, missed with an uncharacteristically brash heave and was bowled.

Thilan Samaraweera made just six before he missed a drive and was stumped by Adnan Akmal, while Angelo Mathews loosely pushed off the next delivery to give a return catch to a grateful Ajmal.

Sangakkara continued unabashed at the other end to steady the Sri Lanka innings, with Prasanna Jayawardene scoring 48 before he was caught behind off Mohammad Hafeez.

Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Kulasekara both went cheaply, with Sangakkara pushing on for runs as the hosts' innings drew towards a close.

When Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep both fell for ducks, the latter taking Hafeez's haul to three wickets, Sangakkara was left one short of a double hundred.

Queen"s 2012: Jamie Baker beats Oliver Golding

Baker prepares to take on Tsonga after dispatching Golding with ease

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 12 June 2012

Scotland's Jamie Baker set up a second-round clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after beating England's Oliver Golding in straight sets at the AEGON Championships on Tuesday.

Resuming after a rain delay on day two at Queen's, world no. 482 Golding defied the odds to keep pace with Baker in the first set.

British number three Baker came in to his own during the tie-break, however, which he won 7-1.

Level up: Jamie Baker has a tough test

Level up: Jamie Baker has a tough test

Ready to rumble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Ready to rumble: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Golding then had an argument with the umpire following a dubious line call at the start of the second set and went on to trail 0-4.

He rallied momentarily, but Baker eased home to record a 7-6 (7/1) 6-3 win.

Baker, ranked 203 in the world, has played Tsonga once before in Lanzarote five years ago when the world number five won easily in straight sets.

Homecoming Queen slaughters 1,000 Qipco Guineas rivals at Newmarket

Homecoming Queen slaughters rivals to cause 1,000 Guineas shock at Newmarket

By
Simon Milham

PUBLISHED:

14:52 GMT, 6 May 2012

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UPDATED:

15:16 GMT, 6 May 2012

Homecoming Queen caused something of a shock when landing the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas at a rain-sodden Newmarket.

The 25-1 was given a peach of a ride by Ryan Moore and took the fillies' mile Classic easily from Starscope (33-1). Favourite Maybe was third.

There was drama at the start when the Charlie Hills-trained Grey Pearl went under the stalls and after a lengthy delay of around 25 minutes, she was withdrawn.

Guineas victory: Trainer Aidan O'Brien with Doreen Tabor

Guineas victory: Trainer Aidan O'Brien with Doreen Tabor

It was a second Classic of the weekend for trainer Aiden O'Brien.

All the pre-race talk surrounded the Joseph O'Brien-ridden Maybe (13-8 favourite), but once her stablemate Homecoming Queen set off at a blistering gallop from an early stage she never looked to be too happy.

Moore kicked on again going into the dip aboard Ballydoyle's alleged second string, and the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor stretched nine lengths clear.

Oh, what can it mean: Moore powers Homecoming Queen (left) to a wide-margin success in the 1,000 Guineas

Oh, what can it mean: Moore powers Homecoming Queen (left) to a wide-margin success in the 1,000 Guineas

The John Gosden-trained Starscope ran out for second, with Maybe plugging on for third.

Aidan and Joseph O'Brien were successful 24 hours earlier when Camelot won the 2000 Guineas.

Moore, who was securing his first victory in the Newmarket fillies' Classic, said: 'Aidan said she was very fit and very well.

'I thought I was going a stride too quick, but she just kept going. There's not much of her, but she tries very hard. She's very tough.'

O'Brien, who was was claiming his second 1000 Guineas victory after Virginia Waters struck in 2005, said: 'It's incredible. She's a very good filly.'

There was, however, a 30-minute delay to the race as Gray Pearl, trained by Charlie Hills, became lodged beneath her starting gate.

The horse remained on the turf for some time before being taken away in a horse ambulance.

Course officials later confirmed she had been put down.

Moore went straight for the jugular aboard the half-sister to Dylan Thomas, who won a Leopardstown Guineas Trial last time out.

By halfway the partnership were around four lengths clear, with the likes of Lightening Pearl, Alla Speranza and Maybe close up.

However, Moore kicked on again approaching the dip and it was soon obvious that nothing was coming out of the pack to chase her down.

The rest finished in a heap, with Starscope and The Fugue, also trained by Gosden, separated by Maybe.

O'Brien added: 'She's a hardy, tough filly with a great pedigree. In the last couple of weeks she's gone into a different zone.

'When Seamus (Heffernan) won on her last year he said she could be very smart.

'Joseph [O'Brien] won a Listed race on her at the Curragh and said she had a massive engine.

'We went to the Breeders' Cup with her after that but she was entitled to be tired there.

'She ran first time up at the Curragh when she got a little bit tired, but won nicely at Leopardstown.

'It was an incredible performance and Joseph said she was the filly he was most worried about as she would be going off in front and it was Maybe's first run.

'I was delighted with Maybe, too.'

Boat Race 2012: Cambridge claim victory after Trenton Oldfield dices with death in Thames

Cambridge claim Boat Race victory after intruder dices with death on the Thames

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Cambridge won the 158th Xchanging Boat Race – but a potentially thrilling contest was ruined by an intruder in the River Thames.

Oxford held a slight advantage heading into the final bend when umpire John Garrett called a halt to the race after the swimmer narrowly avoided being hit by the blades from the Dark Blue boat.

The race was eventually restarted at the half-way point after a 31-minute delay.

Narrow escape: The swimmer incredibly dodged the Oxford oars

Narrow escape: The swimmer incredibly dodged the Oxford oars

Close call: The swimmer

Oxford pulled half a length clear when a clash left six man Dr Hanno Wienhausen with a broken oar.
At that point the race was over and Cambridge pulled clear to win.

Umpire Garrett warned Oxford cox Zoe de Toledo to move across just before the clash.

De Toledo argued the wash in the River Thames was too strong for her to move fast enough but her appeal was rejected.

Out of the water: The swimmer is pulled out of the Thames by officials

Out of the water: The swimmer is pulled out of the Thames by officials

Umpire Garrett said his assistant, Sir Matt Pinsent, spotted the swimmer first.

Garrett told BBC Sport: 'There's something in the water. We thought it was debris then we realised it was a swimmer. It was clear he was waiting for the boats so I had to stop the race.

'The rules state clearly that crews have to abide by their accidents, unless one of the crews has caused that accident.

'In the immediate run-up to the clash I was warning Oxford. Cambridge were in the right position so I was content to let the race continue and the result stand.'

Oxford bow man Alex Wood, 27, was carried off the Dark Blue boat and given medical treatment after the finish line.

Walk of shame: The swimmer is taken away by the police

Walk of shame: The swimmer is taken away by the police along Chiswick pier

Pinsent, reporting for the BBC, said after checking on Woods' condition that the stricken rower was conscious but still receiving treatment.

Cambridge's Steve Dudek told BBC Sport after his side's muted celebratory huddle: 'We just thought we should have a little bit of class and keep it low-key. Our best goes out to Alex, our thoughts are with him.'

There had been a classic race in the making before the intruder forced the umpire to call a halt. Television pictures showed him ducking under the Oxford blades.

Oxford had made a powerful start on the Middlesex station and pulled three-quarters of a length clear but Cambridge refused to allow them the advantage of the opening bend.

The Light Blues, who had won the toss and chosen Surrey, had pegged Oxford's lead back to a canvas by Fulham Football Club and they pulled ahead as the river turned in their favour.

Off colour: Oxford bow Dr Alexander Woods was taken unwell following the Boat Race, and received medical attention after team-mate William Zeng attempted to revive him

Off colour: Oxford bow Dr Alexander Woods was taken unwell following the Boat Race, and received medical attention after team-mate William Zeng attempted to revive him

Concern: William Zeng attempts to revive Woods

First aid: Woods receives medical attention

The long middle bend is worth
three-quarters of a length and Cambridge pulled ahead at Hammersmith
Bridge but this time it was Oxford who refused to yield.

The two crews were side by side with a
thrilling finale in store as the river turned back in Oxford's favour
when the race was halted.

Umpire Garrett sent the crews back to
the halfway point but the race was delayed as they waited for the wash
from the support boats to die down.

When it eventually restarted, Oxford began to edge ahead again before the decisive clash of oars.

De Toledo was being warned for Oxford
being too close when Wienhausen's blade was snapped off and Cambridge
eased to a comfortable victory.

After the race, thoughts turned to
Woods in the Oxford boat, who had collapsed after the finish line and
was receiving medical attention.

Too close for comfort: Cambridge (left) and Oxford collide, resulting in a broken blade for Oxford

Too close for comfort: Cambridge (left) and Oxford collide, resulting in a broken blade for Oxford

As a result there was no official presentation.

Cambridge coach Steve Trapmore said: 'It's not the way anyone wants to take away the win. We're more worried
about the Oxford boat right now and we'll reflect later on what's gone
on.

'We've done a lot of preparation for this race, looking at past restarts. I'm very proud of them.'

Cambridge team president David Nelson,
reflecting on the day's dramas, added: 'There was a lot of to-ing and
fro-ing up to the (Chiswick Eyot) island and suddenly there was some
yelling about an obstruction in the water.

'The next thing I know I see a guy's
head between the two boats – and there's 10 or 20 boats following us, so
that guy was in serious strife. With all the hoo-hah, the restart, the clash, it was a pretty dramatic race.'

Elena Baltacha loses to Flavia Pennetta in Auckland

Baltacha sent packing in Auckland after British No 1 suffers straight sets defeat

British No 1 Elena Baltacha was knocked out of the ASB Classic in Auckland in straight sets by fourth seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy.

Down and out: Elena Baltacha was no match for fourth seed Flavia Pennetta in Auckland

Down and out: Elena Baltacha was no match for fourth seed Flavia Pennetta in Auckland

Baltacha had begun 2012 in positive fashion with victory over New Zealand's Sacha Jones in the first round on Monday, but world No 20 Pennetta proved too strong in the second round.

Disappointment: Baltacha was unable to build on her positive start to the year in a crushing straight sets defeat

Disappointment: Baltacha was unable to build on her positive start to the year in a crushing straight sets defeat

Pennetta gained the upper hand by converting her one break point in the first set and then overcame a rain delay on set point to clinch the opener before cruising through the second set to post a 6-4 6-2 triumph.